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Jeremy Skibicki Alleged Winnipeg serial killer threatened to kill 2 previous partners

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Jeremy Skibicki threatened to kill two previous partners in the last seven years, according to a court hearing involving one woman and a protection order filed by the other.

In June 2015, the Winnipeg man — now charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of four women — was convicted of assaulting his common-law partner. After spending about two months behind bars, he was sentenced to two years probation.

According to a statement of facts agreed to by Crown and defence attorneys, Skibicki grabbed his pregnant partner’s hair and punched her in the face several times, then tried to strangle her.

He told her he would kill her if she called police.

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That woman applied for a protection order against Skibicki that same year, saying in her application she feared “he won’t stop until I’m dead.”

The application for the protection order was dismissed, but it’s not clear why.

The conditions of his probation from the assault conviction required that he stay away from his partner and not make contact for two years.

Four years later, another woman — Skibicki’s estranged wife — successfully filed for a protection order against him, alleging in both an application for the order and a hearing that she suffered a litany of abuse at his hands and that he threatened to kill her.

“He has suggested he would kill me or that other gangs will abduct me and torture or kill me or traffic me,” and “told me he would put me in a garbage bag,” she wrote in her application for the protection order.

“I’m actually extremely afraid for my life,” she later said in the hearing for the protection order.

4 women killed

There was also an assault charge against Skibicki that was stayed.

The mother of the estranged wife says it was for attacking her daughter, who is Métis, in January 2021.

CBC News is not naming the women because they are victims of abuse. Both of them identify as Indigenous.

Skibicki is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths three other First Nations women — Marcedes Myran, Morgan Harris and Rebecca Contois — and a fourth woman who police believe is also Indigenous. All four were killed between March and May of this year, police say.

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Left to right: Morgan Beatrice Harris, Marcedes Myran and Rebecca Contois. Skibicki was charged in May in connection with Contois’s death. Last Thursday, Winnipeg police said he was also charged in the deaths of Harris and Myran, as well as the woman community members are calling Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe, or Buffalo Woman. (Submitted by Cambria Harris, Donna Bartlett and Darryl Contois)

None of the allegations against Skibicki have been proven in court.

His lawyer says he will plead not guilty to all four charges when his trial begins in the new year.

Police say the first of those deaths happened on or around March 15, and involved an unidentified woman whom community members have named Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe, or Buffalo Woman.

Three months earlier, during a Dec. 14, 2021, hearing in Manitoba provincial court, Skibicki’s estranged wife said she was afraid, alleging he threatened to harm her family and kill her teenage son, according to court documents.

“I don’t want to be afraid, but I know what I’ve been through with Mr. Skibicki — Jeremy. That is not the person that I married,” the woman said before Judge Sidney Lerner.

“When he is angry, it’s like somebody else is in the room. I call him Scary Jerry.… I don’t even recognize the eyes anymore. But needless to say, I was afraid.”

Two former spouses of Jeremy Skibicki allege that he threatened their lives and abused them, according to court documents. (Jeremy Skibicki/Facebook)

Skibicki met the woman in February 2018 at Siloam Mission, where she was waiting for a bed, according to her mother, whom CBC News is not naming to protect the daughter’s identity.

The mother said Skibicki offered her daughter a place to stay, and they were married less than a year later. On their wedding day, the woman was “under the influence,” according to a transcript from the protection order hearing in September 2019.

It says four days later, she went to detox for meth.

Allegations of abuse

In that same court hearing, Skibicki’s estranged wife alleged she suffered a range of violence at the hands of her husband.

She said she was taking strong medication at night to sleep, and he would use that opportunity to rape her while she was sleeping, calling it her “Sleeping Beauty syndrome.”

“I woke up with my underwear down, and he had given me an STD, and that’s how I caught him with his so-called fetish,” she said in the protection order hearing.

She said Skibicki once tried to suffocate her by holding a pillow over her face, according to her protection order application.

He also threatened to kill her, that document says.

On another occasion, Skibicki allegedly forced her to stay in their apartment for four days, she said at a protection order hearing.

Skibicki denied the accusations in court documents and said his wife was “not mentally sound.”

Jeremy Skibicki A sign reading "Morgan Harris, she is loved" with photographs around it and candles lit below.
Candles and photos were placed at a vigil for Morgan Harris last week. The mother of Jeremy Skibicki’s estranged wife says she’s heartbroken for the families of the women he is now accused of killing. (Austin Grabish/CBC)

His previous partner said in her 2015 application for a protection order that Skibicki had expressed violent fantasies to her.

“Jeremy Skibicki has admitted fantasizing about raping me then choking me to death.… He had smothered me so bad my teeth started to bleed,” she wrote in the application.

Earlier that year, when Skibicki was found guilty of assaulting his partner, he apologized to her at the assault hearing.

“This is something I’ve been thinking about every day.… I almost killed myself following that happening. I thought at the time that it was an appropriate punishment for what I did,” he said in court.

“I really do need to get some help.”

In that case, he was ordered to take part in anger management and domestic abuse counselling.

The mother of Skibicki’s estranged wife says she and her daughter are heartbroken for those who loved Buffalo Woman, Harris, Myran and Contois.

“We feel horrible for the families.”


Support is available for anyone affected by details of this case. If you require support, you can contact Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Medicine Bear Counselling, Support and Elder Services at 204-594-6500, ext. 102 or 104, (within Winnipeg) or 1-888-953-5264 (outside Winnipeg).

Support is also available via Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison unit at 1-800-442-0488 or 204-677-1648.

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Forecast: Coldest temperatures this winter coming to Eastern Canada – CTV News

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The beginning of February is expected to bring Arctic-like temperatures across much of Eastern Canada, thanks to frigid air from the polar vortex.

“I think it will be a real punch in the face for easterners,” Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told CTVNews.ca. “It’s going to be pretty short-lived and it’s going to be right across the east.”

The cold snap will descend on Eastern Canada between Thursday night and Friday, with temperatures becoming seasonable again on Sunday. In between, much of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada can expect the coldest days yet this winter.

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“We’ll see temperatures that are really, brutally cold,” Phillips said from Toronto. “It’s really a one-and-a-half-day wonder.”

According to Environment Canada, as the cold air tracks east, daytime highs will only reach -13 C in Toronto, -20 in Ottawa, -21 in Montreal and -23 in Quebec City on Friday, and -18 in Fredericton, -15 in Halifax, and -18 in Charlottetown on Saturday.

“It’ll be sunny and bright, because it’s Arctic air,” Philips said. “It’s very dry, and it will be crisp”

Overnight temperatures on Friday night could dip as low as -20 in Toronto, -31 in Ottawa, -30 in Montreal, -34 in Quebec City, -28 in Fredericton, -21 in Halifax, and -23 in Charlottetown – all more or less double what’s normal for this time of year.

“The last time it was that cold in Ottawa was 27 years ago,” Phillips explained. “You can go year after year after year and not see a temperature of -20 in Halifax.”

These temperatures do not factor in wind chill, which could make things feel even icier.

“It’s going to be very punishing,” Phillips said. “It’s clearly an Arctic invasion of frigid air.”

The short-lived and bitter winter blast is being blamed on a weakened polar vortex, which causes icy Arctic air to push south, leading to rapid and sharp temperature drops.

There is a silver lining for those who have been missing out on winter activities.

“The second half of winter, according to our models, seems certainly a little colder, more winter-like, than what we saw at the beginning of the winter,” Phillips said. “But everywhere in Canada, we’re now well the beyond the halfway point. There’s more winter behind us than ahead of us!”

While much of Western Canada has been shivering through the winter, it’s been a different story in the unseasonably mild east. Phillips says December and January in Ottawa, for example, were the third warmest on record in 150 years; and both Ottawa and Montreal have experienced no days below -20 this winter, when normally they would each have about 10. Ottawa’s Rideau Canal Skateway is also still closed when it typically opens in January. Warmer winter temperatures, however, have also brought abundant snow.

“If you’re in the east, it’s looking like winter, but it doesn’t feel like winter,” Phillips said. “But it’s going to feel like winter when the cold arrives.”

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Canada province experiments with decriminalising hard drugs – BBC

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Canada’s province of British Columbia is starting a first-in-the-nation trial decriminalising small amounts of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

From Tuesday, adults can possess up to 2.5g of such drugs, as well as methamphetamine, fentanyl and morphine.

Canada’s federal government granted the request by the west coast province to try out the three-year experiment.

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It follows a similar policy in the nearby US state of Oregon, which decriminalised hard drugs in 2020.

Ahead of the pilot’s launch, British Columbia and federal officials outlined the rules under the federally approved exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

While those substances will remain illegal, adults found in possession of a combined total of less than 2.5g of the drugs will not be arrested, charged or have their substances seized. Instead, they will be offered information on available health and social services.

Federal minister of mental health and addictions Carolyn Bennett on Monday called the move “a monumental shift in drug policy that favours fostering trusting and supportive relationships in health and social services over further criminalisation”.

Some 10,000 residents have died from drug overdoses since British Columbia declared drugs to be a public health emergency in 2016, officials said.

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“Decriminalising people who use drugs breaks down the fear and shame associated with substance use and ensures they feel safer reaching out for life-saving supports,” said Jennifer Whiteside, the British Columbia minister for mental health and addictions.

Thousands of police officers in the province have been offered training on the rule change, including those in Vancouver, the largest city in the province.

The programme will run from 31 January 2023 until 31 January 2026, unless it is revoked by the federal government.

Some experts have questioned the 2.5g limit, saying that it is not enough to account for the habits of many addicts.

There are some exemptions to the scheme.

The sale of drugs remains illegal. It is also illegal to possess drugs on the grounds of schools, childcare facilities and airports.

Canada legalised the use of recreational cannabis for adults nationwide in 2018.

But the four drugs now allowed in small quantities remain prohibited, meaning there are no plans to sell them in stores, unlike marijuana. Trafficking them across borders also remains illegal.

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Health Canada reviewing safety of controversial breastfeeding drug – CBC.ca

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Health Canada has launched a safety review of the psychological withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping or reducing use of a drug commonly prescribed to help women breastfeed.

The agency confirmed the review in an email to CBC News.

“A safety review is currently under way for domperidone and drug withdrawal symptoms after stopping or reducing the dose of domperidone used to stimulate lactation,” the statement said. 

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Domperidone is approved in Canada to treat gastrointestinal disorders. Health Canada has never authorized its use as a lactation aid, but it is widely prescribed off-label for this purpose. 

The Health Canada review follows a CBC News investigation into severe psychological effects that can occur when some women stop taking the drug. Women who spoke to CBC described anxiety, lack of sleep and thoughts of self-harm severe enough that in some cases they became incapable of caring for their children or returning to work. One woman described multiple attempts to take her own life. 

CBC’s investigation also found domperidone is prescribed by some doctors to stimulate lactation at doses three to five times higher than what is recommended by both Health Canada and the drug manufacturer. Because this is not an approved use or dosage anywhere in the world, there are no large-scale clinical trials that shed any light on how often these side effects occur. 

This makes it challenging for regulators like Health Canada to evaluate the safety of a drug for an off-label purpose, said Mina Tadrous, an assistant professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto who specializes in drug safety.

Toronto pharmacist Mina Tadrous says it is challenging for regulators to evaluate the safety of a drug used for off-label purpose. (CBC)

“The company may not have intended it for that, so the original clinical trials were not designed for that. And so it means that they have to look at different mechanisms to be able to evaluate the safety of these drugs,” he said.

That can include looking at data from other countries with larger populations, according to Tadrous.

Case studies document concerns

There are, however, case studies documenting the withdrawal effects, including three published in November 2022 in the peer-reviewed journal Breastfeeding Medicine. Domperidone blocks dopamine receptors in the brain, which stimulates the release of prolactin. This causes lactation, the authors note, but can also cause domperidone to act as an antipsychotic. The authors also noted withdrawal symptoms are typically less severe when women taper off the drug slowly.

The most recent case studies are from the United States, where domperidone is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for any purpose. CBC’s investigation found some American women get the drug from doctors in Canada.

Health Canada will review “all relevant domestic and foreign case reports,” the statement said.

Reviews can result in Health Canada requesting more information, studies or monitoring by the manufacturer. They can also result in warnings to patients and health care providers, changes to how a drug is labelled or, if necessary, the withdrawal of a drug from the market “if the benefits no longer outweigh the risks of the product,” according to the statement released by the department.

“The decision to take action, including issuing a warning, is not based solely on the number of case reports, but on a comprehensive assessment of the information contained in these case reports,” Health Canada’s statement said. 

“Should new safety risks be confirmed, Health Canada will take appropriate action and continue to keep Canadians informed.”

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WARNING: This story contains distressing details about suicidal thoughts and attempts. Correction: A previous version of this video included inaccurate Health Canada data about the number of domperidone prescriptions that were filled in 2020. That publicly available data has since been updated to show that 1.7 million prescriptions were filled that year.

The distinction between quantity and quality of reports is important, Tadrous said, because large numbers of reports, especially from non-clinicians, may only indicate people believe there’s a connection between a drug and a reaction. 

“That’s the lesson we’ve learned with vaccines, for example, where these adverse event systems are flooded,” he said.

“And so if you base something just on the number of reports without doing a thorough investigation and a different type of study design that reduces bias … you might reach a false conclusion.”

Health Canada has conducted multiple safety reviews of domperidone, most recently in 2021. Previous reviews confirmed the risk of serious abnormal heart rhythms and sudden cardiac death related to domperidone use. These reviews resulted in Health Canada introducing a maximum daily dose recommendation of 30 mg and restricting its use in patients with certain cardiac conditions or taking other drugs.

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